Ok, It is Al Fresco Poolside, but my red hair is about as close to being like Ariel the mermaid as I can be.
It has been so very hot here in SW Florida and right now, the gulf of Mexico is pretty hot too.
The dog days of summer are definitely here, so a refreshing dip in the pool is just the ticket for this wanna-be mermaid.
The Captain and I love our pool and are in it any chance we get.
As far as Al Fresco eating…that is every day for us, as we are either eating in the Secret Garden or on the Lanai.
The only difference today is, I moved a small table closer to the pool’s edge.
In the sun for better pictures.
Because I set up the tablescape under the lanai first….
…….and the pics didn’t turn out so good, but I will show them anyway, both ways.
There are many of my friends setting up Al Fresco Tables also, whether it be in their back yards or on their front porches, we all like to eat outside, don’t we?
I started with a rectangle table for two and covered it with a tablecloth I purchased several years ago at Old Time Pottery.
I love the printed phrases on this tablecloth, in various shades of blue and turquoise.
Nothing is new on this table as I was able to go to my dish, linen and drink ware pantries and find all I needed.
Next, I added white washed rope chargers, a beaded white dinner plate and topped the plate stack with blue ruffle plates and bowl.
I used these Hazel Atlas Crinoline ruffle plates in a Mother’s Day tablescape here.
I started with blue handled flatware and after a few pics, I changed my mind and went with the silver rope flatware.
Next, I added a turquoise fringed napkin and children’s sunglasses became my napkin rings.
The wavy water glasses and stemmed iced tea glasses kept moving around the table, positioning themselves in various positions beside the plate stack.
OK, it was hot and I kept drinking out of them and since I was dripping wet in the 92 degree temperatures, I really didn’t care where I sat the cold drink down on the table, as I was busy positioning the camera trying to find the best shots. 🙁
No consistency here. 😉
When I first set up the table, I sat it up along side the pool.
But it was so hot.
I took it all down and re set it under the lanai, near the edge of the pool.
OK, another confession…I also kept jumping in the pool to cool off.
I should have waited for a few hours, for the weather to cool down a bit, but the sky started clouding up and I thought it might rain.
It took a long time for this photo shoot.
But I digress.
The centerpiece is a huge sea shell that I placed a green plant and a few more shells in and around, along with a few pearls.
Many of these shells we have picked up on our own Florida beaches.
The salt and pepper are cute little sea shells.
To keep everything easy and cooling for my al fresco meal, I used cold foods.
I made a couple shrimp cocktails and a few crab salad sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
(I forgot to photograph the cole slaw!) And the Captain and I devoured it.
The 3 tiered tray held the finger sandwiches, a few chips, a raspberry and blueberry torte and fresh Georgia peaches.
A light refreshing lunch.
I hope you enjoyed this Al Fresco tablescape and I hope you are able to escape the heat of the dog days of summer.
Please feel free to pin any of my poolside photos.
If you will excuse me, no poolside for me, I am jumping back in the pool!!
Hugs and Blessings.
Under the sea tablecloth-Old Time Pottery, several years ago
Hazel Atlas Crinoline Ruffle dinnerware-EBAY, several years ago
White beaded dinner plates-Home Goods
Rope silver flatware-Amazon, several years ago
Fringed napkins-Etsy, several years ago
Sea Shell Centerpiece-Home Goods, several years ago
Wavy turquoise water glasses-Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago
Stemmed turquoise goblets-Replacements, several years ago
Greenery-Ikea, several years ago
Children’s Sunglasses-Dollar Store about 18 years ago (I used them in a sand and mirror tablescape along with sand buckets, etc)
Pearls, Shells,-Personal Collection
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Al Fresco Poolside With Ariel The Mermaid….
I want to thank my dear friend Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this Al Fresco tablescape blog hop.
It is a lot of work with little reward, other than a great big thank you.
If you want a little table inspiration, check out the links below.
Al Fresco Poolside With Ariel The Mermaid….
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